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Opioid epidemic lowers U.S. life expectancy again

December 22, 2017 – The effects of the drug crisis and the disease of addiction have no limitations. Evidence can be found in the latest report on U.S. life expectancy, which saw a decline for the second year in a row.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates the average time a person is expected to live based on the year of birth, current death trends and other factors. According to the New York TImes, Researchers are blaming the opioid epidemic for the recent decline:

A baby born last year in the U.S. is expected to live about 78 years and 7 months, on average, the CDC said. An American born in 2015 was expected to live about a month longer and one born in 2014 about two months longer than that.

The dip in 2015 was blamed on drug deaths and an unusual upturn in the death rate for the nation’s leading killer, heart disease. Typically, life expectancy goes back up after a one-year decline, said Robert Anderson, who oversees the CDC’s death statistics. The last time there was a two-year drop was 1962-1963. It also happened twice in the 1920s.

“If we don’t get a handle on this,” he said, “we could very well see a third year in a row. With no end in sight.”

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Read the full story from the New York Times.

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